Queer Temporalities: Raving Architectonics

Start time: 10:00
Locations: Institute for Art & Art Theory at University of Cologne / transmediale + Spektrum Berlin
02 November, 2018 / 03 January, 2019

XenoEntities Network (XEN) is excited to participate in the workshop series Future Memories at the Institute for Art & Art Theory at the University of Cologne. XEN reprises the performance-discussion for the exhibition Creating Empathy co-presented by transmediale & Spektrum Berlin.

"It is ostensibly funny how power plants and factories have assumed a function — the club — diametrically opposed to their original use: dissipating excess energy through physical and affective work without obvious utility, such as dancing, the chemically accelerated depletion of dopamine and serotonin stocks, and non-reproductive sex." – Martti Kalliala

XEN will present/perform an expanded class incorporating sound, film, discussion, and alternative ways of being-together in a learning context. In Queer Temporalities: Raving Architectonics, XEN will introduce the historical yet topical idea of “rave” as a site for emancipation and community-building, drawing links between this and queer temporality. We will discuss supporting excerpts from José Esteban Muñoz, Helen Hester, Martti Kalliala, Ashkan Sepahvand, and Paul B. Preciado, digressing into how spaces, architecture, and environment can have utopian potential, and questioning the problematics of the (queer) utopia.

Suggested reading:
José Esteban Muñoz’s “Take Ecstasy with Me” (2009)
Helen Hester’s Xenofeminism (2018)
Martti Kalliala’s “Club Ruins” (2016)
Ashkan Sepahvand’s Everything I learned about technocapitalism, I learned at Berghain (2015)
Paul B. Preciado’s Pornotopia (2014)

Yann Gonzalez, Nous ne serons plus jamais seuls (2016, 10′)
3voor12 extra, Body in Revolt - ADE18 (2018, 4′)

Performance and curation by Lou Drago, Zander Porter, and Pedro Marum.